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Sport: Naples padlock Juve and sip the Italian Cup

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  Naples cadenasse la Juve et sirote la Coupe d'Italie © Provided by Sofoot

Chilly in front, but well in its sneakers behind, Naples cut the legs of an Old Lady without offensive ideas. Enough to take awkward Bianconeri on penalties, and allow Partenopei to carapater the Olimpico with the sixth Italian Cup in the history of Napoli.

Juventus 0-0 SSC Napoli (2 TAB to 4)

Funny evening. No goal, little fun at the Olimpico. It's not much for a Coppa final, but it's a lot for this Napoli, who died last winter. Without shining, but with a damn good defense in place, the Azzurri completely extinguished a very small Juve. Piedmontese who confused their penalty shootout, to allow the Neapolitans to pocket the sixth Italian Cup in their history.

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Perhaps nostalgic, Maurizio Sarri has swapped the pants he sometimes wears since he joined the Old Lady for a slightly dirty shirt, reminiscent of his superb Neapolitan years. His players are less sentimental and take control of an encounter they are obviously favored with. Not upset for a penny, Naples willingly abandons the ball and transforms the surface of Meret into a high-security mitten, where the Piedmontese attackers have no space to express themselves. Positioned very low, the Azzurri awaits and properly retrieves the leather, but without ever splashing against it, while Mertens and Callejón have only too few usable balls to put their teeth into. Only Insigne really fights Buffon, propelling a free kick to the 25 meters on the right post of the porter bianconero . Padlocked by the defense of Partenopei , Cristiano Ronaldo also pedaled in a vacuum. The Portuguese will only extricate himself from Neapolitan jails at the start of the match, when Dybala takes advantage of a hazardous pass from Callejón, to find him behind. But the shot of the old Madrid, too soft, is easily diverted by Meret.

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Wings, but no flight

Chained in the first period, the attackers of the two formations find a little freedom by zoning on the sides. Bonucci then multiplies the long transmissions to his wingers, just to skip a few lines, when Mario Rui clearly goes up a notch, to press Insigne on the left blank. There is an idea, but neither the pace nor the score really take off. Gattuso then decides to take Mertens out for Milik, to play with a center forward in the opposing box. But it is Maksimović who lacks a hair to scalp Juve, by signing a precise blow of helmet in additional time, that Buffon diverted on his line. Elmas followed well, but we have to believe that the Partenopei are like maraboués in each of their matches against the Bianconeri , since the Macedonian finds the post, at close range.

Relive Naples - Juventus (0 - 0)

No extra time planned for this cup final: the match is based on fast forward, to get to shots on goal. A session that Juve begins with their hands in their pockets: Dybala comes up against Meret and Danilo sends his shot to the parking lot. Nothing to do with the Azzurri : while his friends have all succeeded in their attempts, Milik beats Buffon and offers Napoli his first Coppa since 2014. What also allow Gennaro Gattuso to take a good revenge on the Piedmontese, who atomized him in the 2018 Cup final, he and AC Milan, 4 goals to 0, when Rino was still at the head of Rossoneri .

Juventus (4-3-3): Buffon - Cuadrado (Ramsey, 85th), De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro - Pjanić (Bernardeschi, 75th), Bentancur, Matuidi - Douglas Costa (Danilo, 65th), Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo . Coach: Maurizio Sarri.

SSC Napoli (4-3-3): Meret - Di Lorenzo, Maksimović, Koulibaly, Mario Rui (Hysaj, 80th) - Fabian Ruiz (Allan, 80th), Demme, Zieliński (Elmas, 88th) - Callejón (Politano, 67th ), Mertens (Milik, 67th), Insigne. Coach: Gennaro Gattuso.

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